April 02, 2013
Back turned on Maori need
Labour list MP Shane Jones says the Government is turning its back on provincial areas with high Māori needs.
The Tai Tokerau-based MP says in Northland National MPs Phil Heatley and Mike Sabin have failed to bring home the bacon.
He says half the families with school age children in the region are Māori, but schools and polytechs are starved of the resources needed to prepare them for available jobs in areas such as tourism.
"I'm going to use parliament as an opportunity every week to remind the current government that they've turned their back on that part of the rohe. And when you turn your backs on a lot of these isolated communities, there's a big Māori population – historically or ancestrally – still connected with those areas – don't be surprised when the insidious influence of drugs etc… starts to raise it's profile – a la – Whangape," says Shane Jones.